21 May 2019

Highlights from AAS Nova: 5-18 May 2019

Susanna Kohler, American Astronomical Society (AAS)

AAS Nova provides brief highlights of recently published articles from the AAS journals, i.e., The Astronomical Journal (AJ) and The Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), ApJ Letters, and ApJ Supplements. The website's intent is to gain broader exposure for AAS authors and to provide astronomy researchers and enthusiasts with summaries of recent, interesting research across a wide range of astronomical fields.

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The following are the AAS Nova highlights from the past two weeks; follow the links to read more, or visit the AAS Nova webpage for more posts.

17 May 2019
Focus on SOFIA: HAWC+
HAWC+ is a unique instrument: besides capturing high-resolution images in far-infrared light, it can also map out invisible celestial magnetic fields.

16 May 2019
Focus on SOFIA: EXES
With EXES, a mid-infrared spectrograph, scientists have studied sources like young, hot stars and the icy Jovian moon Europa.

15 May 2019
Science with FIFI-LS, a far-infrared imaging spectrograph, spans everything from star formation in the nearby M51 to jet activity in a distant active galaxy.

14 May 2019
My GREAT Experience with SOFIA: Part 2
It was 6 pm and I was boarding a plane for a 10-hour flight — but there were plenty of signs that this wasn’t your typical redeye.

13 May 2019
My GREAT Experience with SOFIA: Part 1
What’s more exciting than jetting through the stratosphere over the Pacific Ocean? Doing so with an opening the size of a garage door gaping in the side of your airplane — while observing the universe!

10 May 2019
Nine Years of Energetic Atoms from IBEX
How has the flux of energetic neutral atoms changed in the past decade?

8 May 2019
Two More Explanations for Interstellar Asteroid ‘Oumuamua
More than a year has passed since the discovery of interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua, but we’re still exploring new scenarios to explain its odd behavior.

7 May 2019
Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks
Astrobites reports on how applying color-magnitude diagrams to distant, semi-resolved galaxies may break new ground in understanding stellar populations on a massive scale.

6 May 2019
Featured Image: Tracking a Hole from the Sun
This dramatic image reveals the expansion of a large coronal cavity as it erupts from the Sun’s surface in the form of a coronal mass ejection.